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Louisiana’s congressional delegation has three new members, all Republican. Congressmen Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City) and Clay Higgins (R-Opelousas) and Senator John Kennedy (R-Madisonville) were sworn into office Tuesday in Washington. 


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What will be the 2017 focus at Louisiana’s capitol?

“The state budget is so bad that you can’t allow yourself to be distracted by anything else,” Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs chairman J.P. Morrell says.


Taxing On-Line Sales

Jan 2, 2017
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If you’ve done some online shopping since the calendar flipped to 2017, you may have noticed your total at checkout was higher than expected.

“If you live in Louisiana, the next time you go to Amazon and buy something, you can just add 10% to your bill,” state Treasurer and U.S. Senator-elect John Kennedy grumbles.

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All week we’ve been looking into Louisiana’s environmental quality, so what about the air that we breathe?

“Certain standards go above and beyond what EPA calls for. We’re moving in that direction,” DEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown told us.


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Louisiana has no comprehensive water policy, though DEQ Secretary Chuck Carr Brown believes it should.

“From a water use standpoint, I think there should be some overall plan that everybody contributes to,” Brown says.

But getting there? That’s the problem, as a bill debate during last spring’s legislative session pointed out.

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The Department of Environmental Quality does attempt to educate law enforcement officials about environmental crimes.  Capitol Access’ Wallis Watkins recently attended one of their seminars.


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For years, it’s been joked that D.E.Q. stands for “don’t even question”, since Louisiana allows its industrial plants to self-report hazardous releases.

“There’s some entities, if they have a release, they’ll say, ‘Well, nothing left the fence line’,” Dr. Chuck Carr Brown acknowledges.

Of course, that was before he became Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality earlier this year.


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It would seem logical: don’t build schools on dump sites.

“We have no law in Louisiana. Other states have it. This simply protects our children when someone proposes to build a school on a piece of land that is formerly used to dump stuff.”


Singing the Year Away

Dec 23, 2016
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2016 was the year that kept on giving -- giving all of us in Louisiana some real grief. Yet rather than bring you down with the usual “year in review”, here’s a way to laugh -- about my singing, at least. So, with apologies to the composer of “12 Days of Christmas”, here it is:


At his end-of-the-year press conference, Governor John Bel Edwards reflected on the challenge 2016 was for Louisiana.

“The toughest day for me was the Sunday when I woke up and was getting ready for church and found out that we had a gunman in Baton Rouge that was obviously targeting police officers,” reflected Edwards. 


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